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Thousands of students (and their parents) experience the feelings of panic when poster assignments are given in class. Why? Children are taught to write, to read, to study, to research and prepare for projects, but they are never taught how to design and complete a poster. The only instruction most students get in how to make a poster is when the teacher holds up a poster from last year’s class and says “Here is an example of a good poster.” Thus, without much direction, students often procrastinate until the night before the poster is due and then sheepishly ask for help from a parent.
Here are some tips to help you turn poster making into a fun positive learning experience for parent and child!
Start by reviewing the assignment with your child and going over the text and images that he or she wants to include on the poster. Once you both feel comfortable with the poster content, you and your child can begin thinking about the layout of the poster and start the design phase.
Here are eight easy steps to walk your child through this process without the stress and anxiety of not knowing what to do.
- Assess your needs: Is there a size requirement? How many images do you want to include on your poster? What is the purpose of the poster? Do you have all the information you need? Who is your audience?
- Equip your workspace: Gather up the poster making supplies you may need and have them easily in reach while creating your poster. The kitchen table or a large desk is the perfect place to create your poster. Don’t forget to protect your countertop, table or floor with a drop cloth, layer of newspaper or an old sheet—makes for an easy clean up.
- Write an attention grabbing title: One of the keys to a great poster is an attention grabbing title. Your title should attract your audience, inform your readers and show creative flair. Sum up your poster’s message in bold or clever words. For example, if you are making a poster about space exploration, a cute title would be “One Small Step for Man.” Here are some more attention grabbing examples: For a poster on fire prevention, “You are No Match for a Fire;”,for a poster on Marie Curie’s discovery of Radium, “Glowing Discovery;” for a chemistry poster on solids, liquids and gases, “What’s the Matter?;” or for a poster about the heart, “The Beat Goes On.”
- Plan your layout: Does a horizontal or vertical layout work better for your poster? Do you want an image to be the focal point or your title? How are you going to draw attention to the poster’s copy? If you need layout ideas, you can always check out 100s of ideas in our poster gallery at www.artskills.com
- Create a Sloppy Copy: There is nothing worse that getting half way through your title only to discover it won’t fit because the letters are too big. A sloppy copy gives you the opportunity to try out a few layouts and perfect the spacing.
- Don’t forget the border: A border is a great way to polish your poster and give it a finished, framed look. Borders can be purchased pre-made, or you can simply cut the edge of your poster board with edging scissors. For a bold statement, you can cut your entire poster board into a shape that reinforces your topic. For example, you can make a lemonade stand sign by cutting a yellow posterboard into the shape of a lemon.
- Time to add the flair: A poster is no use if no one looks at it, so it is important to make your poster eye catching. Once you complete the basic layout of your poster, think of different ways you can make it visually interesting—add glitter around letters, images or shapes, add texture with tissue paper, ribbons, buttons, feathers, etc. You can also add dimension by using glue dots or foam squares to raise items on your poster or you can cut out shapes from construction paper and apply them on top of your poster.
- Don’t rush it: Now that you have taken the time to plan out your poster project, don’t rush assembling the final project. Lay out your border, title, text, images and add-ons where you want them on your poster. Starting at the top, neatly glue each item in place.
By following these simple steps, you and your child will be excited about the next poster project instead of dreading it. If you are looking for more great tips on designing posters, please visit www.artskills.com and check out our interactive Poster Wizard which will guide you through layout, lettering, color, decoration, research and presentation. At the end of the Wizard you will be able to print a picture of the poster with a list materials you will need to create your custom poster.
Byline Information: Michele Demsky, Vice President and Creative Director of ArtSkills
ArtSkills is a family owned company specializing in posterboard accessories, including poster markers, poster lettering, and decorative items to make your poster board projects better, faster, and easier! The company’s website, www.artskills.com, is the go-to resource for poster making, featuring an exclusive design tool and ever-increasing gallery of poster layout ideas.